Walker County

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Walker County is a county located to the northeast of Birmingham and Jefferson County. It was created on December 26, 1823 from parts of Marion and Tuscaloosa Counties. It was named in honor of John Williams Walker, Alabama's first member of the United States Senate. As of 2000 the population was 70,713, declining to an estimated 65,998 by 2013. The county seat is Jasper.

Notable Walker County attractions include Lewis Smith Lake, the Bankhead House and Carl Elliott House Museum in Jasper, the Old York USA Heritage & Music Park in Oakman, the Bankhead National Forest, the Alabama Mining Museum and Horse Creek Golf Course in Dora, and the Old Harbin Hotel in Nauvoo.

Primary agricultural products in the county include poultry, forest products, livestock and forage crops. Major employers include Walker Baptist Medical Center and the Walker County School System.

Geography

Location of Walker County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 805 square miles, of which 11 square miles (1.35%) is water, primarily Lewis Smith Lake.

Adjacent Counties

Major Highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.  %±
1830 2,202
1840 4,032 83.1%
1850 5,124 27.1%
1860 7,980 55.7%
1870 6,543 -18.0%
1880 9,479 44.9%
1890 16,078 69.6%
1900 25,162 56.5%
1910 37,013 47.1%
1920 50,593 36.7%
1930 59,445 17.5%
1940 64,201 8.0%
1950 63,769 -0.7%
1960 54,211 -15.0%
1970 56,246 3.8%
1980 68,660 22.1%
1990 67,670 -1.4%
2000 70,713 4.5%
2010 67,023 -5.2%
2013 65,998 -1.5%

As of the census of 2000, there were 70,713 people, 28,364 households, and 20,478 families residing in the county. The population density was 89 per square mile. There were 32,417 housing units at an average density of 41/mi². The racial makeup of the county was 92% White and 6.2% Black or African American. 0.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 28,364 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,076, and the median income for a family was $35,221. Males had a median income of $31,242 versus $20,089 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,546. About 13.2% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 17.4% of those age 65 or over.

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Topics

Communities | County Commission | Schools | Sheriff

Cities

Carbon Hill | Cordova | Curry | Dora | Eldridge | Jasper (seat) | Kansas | Nauvoo | Oakman | Parrish | Sipsey | Sumiton

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